Friday, April 1, 2011

Sterling Designs, Skyscraping Views Bring Nashville Fashion Week to a Climax

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Design by Julianna Bass
  • Design by Julianna Bass
Who needs Milan when you've got Music City? The inaugural official Nashville Fashion Week reaches its climax tonight and tomorrow night with runway shows combining some of the city's hottest young designers (and some of its most accomplished fashion emigrés) with international stars.

Laura Hutson offers a sneak peek of what to expect at tonight's War Memorial Auditorium runway show at 7:30 p.m., featuring Katharine Kidd and Gustavo Cadile:

Designer Anna Redmon named her line Norma Clare after her grandmother, and a current of vintage inspiration flows through all her pieces. The timeless, ladylike designs mix flowing drapes with tailored precision.

Coquette's vintage-inspired swimwear collection is a must-see. ... Also featured are national labels that have Tennessee roots, such as the New York-based, Tennessee-born designer Julianna Bass. Her collection has strong silhouettes, and a 1980s-style over-the-top glamour, but with a touch of quirkiness to ground it in 2011.

Laura also peeks behind the curtains of tomorrow night's 7:30 p.m. show, anchored by the witty Anglophilic designs of Robert Graham and set against a dramatic view of the cityscape high atop The Pinnacle building downtown:

Designer Steven Oo debuted his line of structural statement pieces during New York's Fashion Week last fall. He calls his work "knitwear architecture," a fitting description of the punk rock sweaters and futuristic silhouettes that dominate his design.

The designs in the Leona collection by Lauren Leonard evoke Southern girls eating cupcakes and sipping cocktails in pretty dresses with cinched waists and French braids.

Amanda Valentine titled her Nashville-based line Valentine Valentine after a repetitiously named Danish ancestor. Drawing inspiration from offbeat vintage trends, lo-fi rock, high glamour and idiosyncratic nerdery, Valentine Valentine is for girls who want to lead the pack, not blend into it. ...

University of Alabama alum Brent Johnson and Mary Catherine Moody's luxury line Aman Stovall is fashion-forward couture at its most elegant.

For background on the week's events, see last week's Scene cover package.

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